The Brown Bag Sabbatical - January 9-13, 2017

The Brown Bag Sabbatical is an invitation from the Ockenga Institute to bring your own project to Gordon-Conwell each January and join pastors from around New England and beyond for your own week-long study leave. With a little help from us, you can enjoy the beauty of the Gordon-Conwell campus and take advantage of its resources. The Brown Bag Sabbatical offers a full plate of opportunity at a "brown bag" price.

This program runs concurrently with a Doctor of Ministry Writing Program. For more information regarding the D.Min. Writing Program, CLICK HERE.

Registration is open for the 2017 Brown Bag Sabbatical! CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!



The purpose of the Brown Bag Sabbatical is to provide an environment for pastors to have a week-long study leave. The program is minimally structured so you may utilize the seminary's resources to spend time studying, resting and as a personal retreat. Meet other pastors from around the country to share about ministry during our lunch roundtable discussions and interact with Gordon-Conwell faculty.

Program Highlights:

  • Five days and four nights at Gordon-Conwell and a local hotel (single and double occupancy room options and continental breakfast)
  • Lunch and roundtable discussions with Gordon-Conwell faculty
  • Full access to campus facilities (library, media center, etc.)
  • Times of corporate worship and prayer
  • Coffee and snacks provided throughout the day

Brown Bag Sabbatical Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2017 Brown Bag Sabbatical. This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, January 9, 2017

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Registration
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch and Introductions
  • 3:00 p.m. onward  -  Check-In at Hotel

Tuesday - Thursday, January 10-12, 2017

  • Morning  -  Breakfast at Hotel
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Worship
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch with a GCTS Professor

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Morning  -  Breakfast at Hotel
  • Before 12:00 p.m.  -  Check Out of Hotel
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Worship
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch with a GCTS Professor


Program Details:


Registration for the Brown Bag Sabbatical includes four nights at a local hotel, five lunches on campus, and coffee and snacks provided throughout the day. Single and double-occupancy rooms are available for the program. Please note that double occupancy is not guaranteed, but based on the interest of other participants.

If you need additional rooms beyond the four nights included (Monday-Thursday night), you must pay/per night in your registration. If you live locally but would like to participate in the sabbatical without the housing option, please register for the program-only option.

Please note that due to planning, registration with the housing option will close December 16, 2016.

If your spouse is joining you for the week and would like to participate in the program, please register them under the spouse rate. Lunch and snacks are included in the cost for the spouse rate.

Rates are as follows:

  • Early Registration (by 12/7/16) = $465/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Regular Registration (after 12/7/16) = $485/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Double Occupancy Rate (pending availability) = $430/person for program and a shared room
  • Program-Only Rate (no housing) = $125/person for program only
  • Spouse Program-Only Rate (no housing) = $65/person for program only
  • Extra Night at the Hotel (Single) = $88.50/night (includes tax)
  • Extra Night at the Hotel (Shared) = $167.00/night (includes tax)

The hotel for the 2017 program is the TownePlace Suites in Danvers, MA. Single occupancy rooms are studio suites which include a full kitchen, desk, sitting area and sofa bed. A traditional continental breakfast is included in your stay. Double occupancy rooms are 2-bedroom suites, with separate sleeping rooms and a shared living space.

If you are sharing a room and need to purchase an extra night, please designate one person to pay for the extra night ($167).

Click here to register for the program.


You will receive an email confirmation upon registering that acts as your receipt and registration confirmation. If you do not receive it in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder.

Due to the planning involved with the program, cancellations must be received by December 7, 2016 to receive a refund less a $20 processing fee. Cancellations requests received by December 21, 2016 will be refunded 50%. Cancellations made after December 21, 2016 will not be refunded.


The program will take place at the Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Registration will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Academic Center Room 348. Snacks are provided throughout the day in the Ockenga Atrium. Lunches are provided in the Dining Hall with the lunch discussions taking place in a Kerr building classroom.


Click on the following links for printable maps: Academic Center Map  |  Kerr Building Map  |   Campus Map


For directions to the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, click here.


To be put on a contact list for the next Brown Bag Sabbatical or if you have any questions, call (800) 294-2774 or email us.


This program takes place during the winter in New England. There is a chance of inclement weather during the program. Please be aware that the program will continue as scheduled unless the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell is officially closed or has a delayed opening. In cases of school closure, we will work with the hotel and with you to provide meals and to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During threat of inclement weather, please be prepared to work in your room.


Brown Bag Sabbatical Registration

  • To register for the 2017 Brown Bag Sabbatical: CLICK HERE
  • To register over the phone, call 800-294-2774


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